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BG’s Positively Speaking

Creating Personal Growth

I frequently talk about the need for growth to improve our “lot” in life. To develop greater financial security, earn a promotion, or develop better personal relationships, we must “grow” ourselves. The question becomes, “How do we grow? What do we do?”

Let’s start by quoting scholar and spiritual leader Ronald E. Osborn; “Unless you do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will not grow.” If we are to be guided by these words (and we should be), it requires a willingness to change. Without change, we cannot master new skills and abilities that will enable us to grow.”

Now we need to get out of our “comfort zone.” Living in our comfort zone only allows for the maintenance of what we already have. It does not stretch or challenge us. We must place ourselves around others ahead of us in the “growth curve.” A  trade or business organization, service club, or mentorship group. Putting ourselves into a positive, affirming atmosphere that encourages us to grow. One where growth is not only modelled but expected. In the introduction to my book “Positively Speaking,”  I talk about my association with a group of businessmen who mentored and taught me. That association led to these weekly messages and the growth of ‘The Perkolator.’ We need to focus forward on our future goals and aspirations. Challenge ourselves with new, untried tasks that can be mastered as long as we stay focused.

Creating the right conditions for personal growth is not as difficult as it initially seems. Still, it does require persistence, perseverance, determination, concentration, a positive attitude, setting our eyes on our goals and keeping an open mind.

Create the “Atmosphere” for growth, and you will create your ‘Future.’

Where in the world

Can you name this impressive castle and where it is located?


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Two Canadians In Hell…

Two Canadians die and go to Hell. Satan decides to visit them, so he walks into their room and sees them talking and laughing. Confused, he asks them why they’re happy. They tell him, “Well, we’re so sick of the cold where we’re from, and this place is nice and toasty.”

Annoyed, Satan storms away, goes to Hell’s boiler room, and turns up the temperature.

He goes back to the Canadians’ room, along the way, being begged by all sorts of people to put the heating back down. He enters the room to see the Canadians having a barbecue. Furiously, he asks them what they’re doing.”We can’t pass up this wonderful weather without getting out the barbecue!”  Satan realizes he’s been doing the wrong thing. He goes to the boiler room and turns it down until it’s colder than ever seen on Earth.

He knows he’s won now, so he returns to the Canadians’ room, only to see them jumping up and down in excitement. He shouts at them in fury, “WHY ARE YOU STILL HAPPY?!?!?!”

They look at him and shout simultaneously, “Hell froze over! That means the Leafs won!”

Editors Quote Book

“Isn’t it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction
listen to weather forecasts and economists?”

— Kelvin Throop

Which Broker….?

After reading the morning headlines about the recent stock market downturn, a high-powered executive trying to impress a client in his office flipped on his intercom switch and barked to his secretary, “Miss Hunter, get my broker!” The client was impressed until he heard the secretary’s voice saying, “Yes, Sir, stock or pawn?”

Trivia Quiz

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1. In what country is Belleek pottery made?
2. A breed of sheep from Spain. Noted for its fine, silky fleece?
3. What name is given to the study of earthquakes?
4. What female character did Australian Barry Humphries make famous?
Dame Edna Everage.
5. In what movie did Sidney Poitier play Virgil Tibbs?
In the Heat of The Night.
6. What is drummer Bernard Rich’s nickname?
7. In the song Waltzing Matilda, what tree does the jolly swagman camp beside?
A Coolibah Tree.
8. When did the Toronto Maple Leafs last win the Stanley Cup?
May 2, 1967.


Your Horoscope

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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19:  You have invested a lot in your current relationship. Don’t let a minor disagreement steal it away from you.

TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20:  A busy schedule becomes even more hectic. Just go with the flow until you can slow down on your own.

GEMINI May 21-June 20:  Conserve your energy by working fewer hours. Relax in a comfy chair and read a good book or watch a movie.

CANCER June 21-July 22: You seem to be falling short of your financial goals. Start spending less and saving more. Consult with an expert.

LEO July 23-Aug 22: You don’t always get what you want. Be prepared to compromise. It could lead you to bigger and better things.

VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22:   Don’t let yourself be conned into biting off more than you can Chew. Stick to the tasks at hand.

LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22:  Don’t follow the lead of another. Let them act foolishly while you keep your feet firmly on the ground.

SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21:   Give in to your fantasies and share them with the one you love. Surrender to your heart’s desires.

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21:  Take time to travel to new places. Great things can happen when you open yourself to new situations.

CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19:   Pull your horns in and resist spending what you don’t have. It’s time to practice restraint. Be cautious with finances.

AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Choosing between two different career paths is difficult. Seek advice from someone trusted and knowledgeable.

PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20:   Your talents and abilities are well known. Don’t shy away from some self-promotion. Step into the spotlight.



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If Cats Go To Heaven!

A cat dies and goes to Heaven. God meets him at the gate and says, “You have been a good cat all of these years. Anything you desire is yours, all you have to do is ask.”

The cat says, “Well, I lived all my life with a poor family on a farm and had to sleep on hardwood floors.” God says, “Say no more.” And instantly, a fluffy pillow appears. A few days later, 6 mice are killed in a tragic accident, and they go to Heaven. God meets them at the gate with the same offer He made the cat. The mice said, “We’ve had to run all our lives. Cats, dogs and even women with brooms have chased us. If we could only have a pair of roller skates, we wouldn’t have to run.”

God says, “Say no more.” And instantly, each mouse is fitted with a beautiful pair of tiny roller skates. About a week later, God decides to check and see how the cat is doing. The cat is sound asleep on his new pillow. God gently wakes him and asks, “How are you doing? Are you happy here?” The cat yawns stretches, and says, “Oh, I’ve never been happier. And those Meals on Wheels you’ve been sending are the best!”

In The Hotel Lobby

The lobby was crowded, and an angry man delivered a stream of complaints to the desk clerk, “Do you know who I am?” he shouted at the clerk. Without missing a beat, the clerk turned to the supervisor and said, “This man needs our help, he doesn’t know who he is.”

What’s My Name?

The manager of a large office noticed a new man one day and told him to come into his office. “What’s your name?” he asked the new guy. “John,” the new guy replied.

The manager scowled, “Look… I don’t know what kind of place you worked before, but I don’t call anyone by their first name. It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority. I refer to my employees by their last name only … Smith, Jones, Baker … That’s all. I am to be referred to only as Mr. Robertson. Now that we got that straight, what is your last name?”

The new guy sighed, “Darling. My name is John Darling.”

“Okay John, the next thing I want to tell you is…. ”

The Last Word

It’s not WHAT we have in our life that matters,
it’s WHO  we have in our life.

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